Adata’s next-gen SandForce SSDs break cover at Computex

SSDs based on SandForce’s next-gen SF-3700-series controllers are expected in the second half of this year. Several of them are on display at Computex, including a handful from Adata. The smallest of the bunch is the M.2 version of the SR1020—except it’s not very small at all. Despite the form factor, this thing packs up to 2TB of storage.

SandForce’s SF-3739 controller anchors the drive, providing a four-lane PCIe 2.0 interface with 2GB/s of peak bandwidth. Adata claims the SR1020 can hit sequential speeds up to 1800MB/s and random I/O rates as high as 150k IOps, though there’s no mention of whether those figures apply to reads or writes.

The SR1020 supports both AHCI and NVM Express protocols. It’s targeted at servers, and the M.2 version isn’t the only one. Adata also has a 2.5″ variant with an SFF-8639 connector. This drive has the same controller, the same performance ratings, and the same PCIe interface. It’s also available in capacities up to 2TB.

On the consumer front, the XPG SX930 puts 2TB behind a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface. This drive also uses a SandForce controller, but there’s no word on the specific model number. Given the capacity, I’d expect something from the SF-3700 family.

The SX930 is bound by the SATA interface, so its sequential performance tops out at only 555MB/s for both reads and writes. Those straight-line speeds are competitive for a SATA drive, and the claimed random write throughput of 100k IOps isn’t too shabby. We’ll have to get some of these SF-3700 SSDs in-house to see what they can do in the real world.

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    • geekl33tgamer
    • 6 years ago

    That’s a lot of flash memory to loose if the controller or firmware goes a little wobbly, but SandForce has a perfect track record in that department. I’m not worried at all… :-S

      • BIF
      • 6 years ago

      Downvotes for uncreative use of the old hard drive “that’s a lot of data to lose” argument.

      Back up your crap! 🙂

        • geekl33tgamer
        • 6 years ago

        Mean… 😛

        • humannn
        • 6 years ago

        He said flash memory to lose, not data to lose.

          • Anomymous Gerbil
          • 6 years ago

          He actually wrote “loose”, which seems to be the new way of writing “lose” 🙂

            • stdRaichu
            • 6 years ago

            To Lose: The act of being unable to retain something
            Too Lose: PARSING ERROR
            To Loose: PARSING ERROR
            Too Loose: geekl33tgamer’s sense of spelling
            Tool Use: The act of using an external implement in order to facilitate a certain task
            Two Loos: A pair of toilets
            Toulouse: Somewhere to get some really nice bangers and a few slabs of foie gras
            Igloos: One of the worst places to eat foie gras

            • PrincipalSkinner
            • 6 years ago

            God damn, what are you smoking. 😀

    • Firestarter
    • 6 years ago

    Why hide the consumer version behind SATA? I want NVM Express in my desktop!

    edit: without that stupid SATA Express cable please

      • Shambles
      • 6 years ago

      We just need to make the SATA-E cables ribbon cables and we’ve come full circle back to IDE.

    • anotherengineer
    • 6 years ago

    If the price/GB is the same or better than the MX100, I’ll take 1. Wow that would still be 800 bucks. Maybe four 512GB MX100’s would be better??

    Edit – Hey Adata, make a std. 3.5″ HDD size one with 6TB 😉

      • BIF
      • 6 years ago

      Oh yes, I would love this.

      6TB+ please!

    • Elsoze
    • 6 years ago

    I feel as if I should be used to seeing large storage capacities in small sizes… but damn is it impressive to see a 2TB of fast storage in that size.

      • the
      • 6 years ago

      On the server side, I’m expect even larger drives that fit into a PCIe slot and features NVMe. More room for flash on the board and more bandwidth in a PCIe 8x or 16x slot to make use of additional channels.

    • hbarnwheeler
    • 6 years ago

    Hurray! I’ve had nothing but good luck with Sandforce controllers.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 6 years ago

      I agree, though I’ve only owned exactly one Sandforce drive. Still, it’s about 19 months old and going strong.

        • hbarnwheeler
        • 6 years ago

        My good luck took the form of having my RMA requests honoured.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 6 years ago

          Maybe next time you should use a sarcasm tag or something. That’s no good luck. What drives did you have? Mine is a Mushkin Chronos 240GB

            • hbarnwheeler
            • 6 years ago

            Sandisk Ultra and Extreme.

            FWIW, the Sandisk RMA process is a nightmare. I won’t be buying from them again.

            • DPete27
            • 6 years ago

            2.5 year old OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS here, going strong. Never had a problem.

            • danny e.
            • 6 years ago

            I figured he was being sarcastic right away.

            • BIF
            • 6 years ago

            Yeah, got me too. I’m in a bad mood today, so massive downvotes for no sarcasm tags.

            • hbarnwheeler
            • 6 years ago

            Are you being sarcastic?

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